Guide to Japan Militaria Stores/Surplus

Author: Beta-TNT (Webmaster)

 

This spring festival, I and my family planned a 15 days long trip in Japan. We started from Tokyo, then Fujiyama, Matsumoto, Nala, Osaka, Kyoto, Kumamoto, Okinawa. And took return flight back to Beijing from Okinawa.

As we all know, Japan militaria market started much earlier and much more bigger than us China, that was mainly because US military bases and facilities after WWII. As a militaria collector, I cannot miss this great opportunity. After I did a fully investigation, we set out with a long shopping list.


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东京 / Tokyo

中田商店(nakatashoten)
Website http://www.nakatashoten.com
Address 東京都台東区上野6-4-10
東京都台東区上野6-2-14
Tel. 03-3831-5154
03-3839-6866
Business time 10:00 ~ 20:00
Day off only New year’s Day

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Thanks to the busy schedule, we didn’t stay long in Tokyo, I only had time for the famous Nakata shop (even no time for Akiba and Shibuya!). But I was disappointed when I made my way there. Most goods on sale were something like Rothco, Alpha, J-TECH (a Taiwan replica brand), Tru-Spec and China or local made replica. The real and genius things were disposed at corners and you had to rummage. I found some brand new suspenders like M-1945, M-1956 and M-1967.

I chatted with one of staffs, and bought a pair of M-1945 suspenders, the staff gave me a DDR uniform tie as gift.

Nakata shop have two shopfront, the staff will inform you another one’s location when you find one.

 

サムズミリタリ屋 (SAM’S MILLITARIYA)
Website http://www.sams-militariya.com
Address 東京都豊島区東池袋1-32-2 小泉ビル2
Tel. 03-3971-4935
Business time 13:00 ~ 20:00
Day off Every Monday, New year’s Day and exhibition day

One shop that I wanted to visit but I had no time. It seems that this shop owner is a big man in Japan militaria collectors.


京都 / Kyoto

YAMAMOTO/SEA BEES
Website http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/yamamotojp
http://www.yamamotojp.co.jp/
Addresses YAMAMOTO 京極店
Address:京都市中京区新京極四条上る中之町560番地
Tel.:(075)221-4065
Business time:11:00 ~ 20:30
Day off:TuesdayYAMAMOTO 寺町店
Address:京都市中京区寺町四条上る中之町 541-5
Tel.:(075)211-0952
Business time:11:00 ~ 20:30

YAMAMOTO 梅田店
Address:大阪府大阪市北区梅田1丁目1番3号B2F-50 大阪駅前 第3ビル B2F
Tel.:(06)6451-1005
Business time:11:00 ~ 20:00

YAMAMOTO 花遊店(ショールーム)
Address:京都市中京区新京極四条上る中之町 565-25
Business time:11:00 ~ 20:30

SEA BEES ミナミ店
Address:大阪市中央区西心斎橋1丁目6-17 大阪アメリカ村ビッグステップ隣
Tel.:(06)6245-4323
Business time:11:00 ~ 20:00

SEA BEES 京都店
Address:京都市中京区寺町六角上る永楽町 238-1
Tel.:(075)223-0415
Business time:11:00 ~ 20:30

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YAMAMOTO Headquarter
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SEA BEES Headquarter
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One of YAMAMOTO branch in Kyoto

These two store have many branches in both Kyoto and Osaka. SEA BEES have many goods about European vintage, while YAMAMOTO focuses on commercial and replica stuff.

 


大阪 / Osaka

GARACTOR
Website http://garactor.com
Address 大阪市中央区心斋桥1-6-17 2F,美国村SEA BEES店楼上
Tel. 06-6243-1814
Business time 11:30 ~ 19:30
Day off Every Thursday
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GARACTOR Osaka branch, just at the upstairs of SEA BEES

Just like the SEA BEES downstairs, I can’t remember more.

 

Sand & Graf
Website https://www.sandgraf.jp
Address 大阪市中央区南船場3丁目6-18 心斎橋3NSDビル 2,3F
Tel. 06-6251-9058
Day off Every Monday
Business time Working Day:AM11:30~PM7:50
Saturday:AM11:00~PM7:50
Sunday and festival day:AM11:00~PM7:20

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Phantom
 Website http://www.phantom-web.com
http://phantom.militaryblog.jp
Address 大阪市中央区西心斎橋2-10-11 トポロビル1F
Tel. 06-6213-970
Day off no
Business time N/A

A chain store mainly sells tactical gear, such as Mystery Ranch, Maxpedition, ESS, etc. I forgot to take a photo.

 

 

If you are planning a trip to Osaka, there is a store that you can not miss:

MASH CO..
 Website http://www.mash-japan.co.jp
Address 大阪市浪速区稲荷1-11-27
Tel. 06-6567-0101
Day off Wednesday and every third Tuesday in a month
Business time 11:00 ~ 19:00

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In MASH you can find militaria from worldwide: American, European, Chinese, South Asian, etc. I recommend this store to all Vietnam War reenactors.

 


冲绳 / Okinawa

As the location of the largest US overseas military bases and a beautiful sub tropical holiday island, it’s a place good for everyone.

First is the famous OKIMIRI.

沖縄ミリカジ
 Website http://www.okimiri.com
Address 沖縄県那覇市松尾1丁目3-11(2F)
Tel. 098-943-0979
Day off New year’s day
Business time 10:00 ~ 21:00

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The biggest militaria store on International St. (国際通り), you can’t miss it. The shopkeeper’s husband was a marine retired from local military base.

 

As this store have too many goods, you may visit their website first, write down the goods number you interested and show it to the staff, that you can find what you want fast.

 

SHUREID SURPLUS SHOP
Website N/A
Address Opposite of Okimiri, across the street
Tel. N/A
Day off N/A
Business time N/A

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Most goods are tourist souvenirs, but I found some brand new JSLIST protective uniform at a reasonable price.

 

 ミリタリーショップ
ユーエス エキスプラス(US EXPRESS)
 Website N/A
Address 冲绳县那霸市牧志3-6-46
Tel. (098)861-1846
Day off N/A
Business time N/A

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A little expensive, but I still found something to buy. I found a couple of MOLLE (not common MOLLE II) buttpacks here.

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 砂边軍払下品店
MILITARY SURPLUS SHOP
 Website N/A
Address 冲绳县中頭郡北谷町字浜川239-1
Tel. 098-936-5864
Day off N/A
Business time N/A

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Nearby Kadena Air Force base on Route 58, you can’t miss it either.

I found some BDU and DCU here, and many other military stuff that irrelevant from individual use, such as tow cords, machine parts, etc.

 

S&C ミリタリーストア
 Website N/A
Address 嘉手纳町嘉手纳548-3
Tel. 090-9784-1411
Day off Sunday
Business time N/A

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This store sells marine stuff, such pouches, body armor, MCCUU, combat boots, MREs, etc. Many goods are cheaper than Okimiri. The storekeeper is a tiger strip collector, he has a Tiger Strip Bible at store.

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后记:日本之行的一些好玩的事儿

2016-02-05 DAY 0

首当其冲的是不靠谱的巴基斯坦航空公司!在起飞前不到8小时的时候竟然全员罢·工·了!只好临时退票买了南航和港龙的转乘航班。

于是在去日本之前先去了香港换乘港龙的航班,中间还经停台北,多去了俩地方……

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看后一天的新闻,好像我们刚离开台北,那边就地震了……

日本时间当晚9点,终于找到了预定的浅草附近的青年旅社……

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2016-02-06 DAY 1

第二天先去到浅草寺溜达了一圈。

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下午则是藤子·F·不二雄纪念馆

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某种意义来说可以算是一个圣地

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然后当天傍晚去的中田商店。

2016-02-07(除夕) DAY 2

早上从东京出发,前往富士山。很多人选择在春季或者夏季樱花盛开的时候来此观赏,据说那会儿这边全都是中国游客。不过冬天的富士山也是很漂亮的,人很少。当天天气比较赶巧,上午我们来的时候天气还很晴朗,只偶尔有点云彩,但中午返回的时候山头就被云彩完全遮挡了,很多当时专程来观赏富士山景色的游客只好遗憾返回。

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观赏完富士山美景,继续上路,下一站是松本。当天是除夕夜,松本非常冷,沿街店铺很早就都关门了。我们大晚上沿街寻找餐馆,最后好不容易找到一家还开门做铁板烧的居酒屋,算是吃了年夜饭。

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2016-02-08(新年) DAY 3

第二天在松本市区闲逛,找到一个自卫队的征兵站。可惜当天并不开门。

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最后离开的时候看到旅馆旁边一栋因火灾烧毁而被拆除的房屋。冬季是火灾高发季节,日式民宅采用木质结构,没集体供暖,住家自己用空调或者烧灯油的采暖炉取暖,使用不当容易发生火灾。

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从松本出发,下一站是日本三大温泉之一的下吕。在这里街边随便就有温泉池真是让人感到很新鲜,放学的中学生和买菜路过的老人经常在路边的温泉池泡脚。

当晚住在小川屋温泉酒店。这里得感慨一下日本服务业对客户毕恭毕敬的服务态度,总让我觉得有些不自在,让我回想起当年服役期间唯一一次别人向我主动敬礼,然而那人却是个纠察……

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2016-02-09 DAY 4

头天温泉泡了个爽,第二天启程去奈良。一天大多时间在路上,下午到了奈良之后独自一人转商店街来着,没拍什么东西。

2016-02-10 DAY 5

仍然是在奈良市区溜达

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奈良街头的反战海报

稀里糊涂溜达到一间神社,抬头一看:饅頭の祖神 林神社。还以为里面供奉的是馒头……回来一查才知道,这里祭祀的是日式点心祖神林净因命,即将饅頭类糕点的做法从中国带到日本的林净因。我后来还看到日本有个糕点品牌叫林制菓,大概就和他有关吧。日语里的饅頭指的是一类带甜馅料的点心,不是在中国作为日常主食的馒头。

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下午从奈良出发去京都

2016-02-11 DAY 6

今天好像是日本的国庆节?然而似乎没有什么特别的庆祝活动。

到了京都住在银阁寺旁边,然而由于出发前的功课都是在找哪有军品店,对古迹并无太大兴趣,于是当天全部时间都在京都的商业区溜达……

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当天的午饭:三文鱼盖饭!
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走出国门的餐饮品牌
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某种意义上来说也是一个圣地了……
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在古着店买到的81年初版BDU上衣。实际上在日本逛店发现初版BDU其实并不少,只不过很少有人专门去挑这一版本的,也就很少有人拿回国内来卖
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商业街的中文标牌,我大概明白我们写的英语标牌老外读起来是什么感觉了

2016-02-12 DAY 7

早上从京都出发前往大阪。下午主要就去了MASH,以下是当天的部分战果……

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2016-02-13 DAY 8

头天逛MASH,今天的目标是美国村的古着店了,不过最后忍不住还是再去了MASH一趟……

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道顿堀川上的美景

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日本经常可见摆满柏青哥和老虎机的街机厅,而顾客很多是老年人,大概就跟咱们路边的麻将桌一个道理吧。

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Something interesting…

当天下午坐新干线从大阪去熊本。然而不幸的是,到熊本就遇到大雨,等找到预定的旅馆已经是夜里10点。还好在上车前灵光一闪,不知道哪根筋搭错了,买了一大堆元祖鸡汁面方便面。到了熊本发现连便利店的便当都没了,只好买了几个鸡蛋回到旅店煮面吃。要是没买泡面,恐怕当晚就饿着了……


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2016-02-14 DAY 9

情人节?去他娘的情人节。

一整天在熊本市周边溜达,虽然不像昨天那样还下暴雨,但天气还是阴冷的,偶尔还掉雨点。

下午从熊本出发去阿苏火山地区。

2016-02-15 DAY 10

一路做火车和大巴,昨天还是下雨,今天山区里就是大雪了。比较遗憾的是由于天气原因,没能观赏火山的景色。晚上住在高森镇,然后继续洗温泉……不得不说这边温泉真的很便宜,成人门票只要300日元。同样的服务和设施,国内300元人民币都不见得能买得到。

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邪教馒头??
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………………

2016-02-16 DAY 11

早上赶往熊本机场,搭乘全日空的航班前往冲绳。

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在国际通附近的民宿旅馆楼顶的景色,天空的云彩很有海洋地区的气候特点

到了冲绳没啥好说的,大概就是在国际通各种买买买吧……

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……这是什么姿势?

2016-02-17 DAY 12

早上从国际通出发,前往位于北谷的假日酒店。

一些只有在这边才看得到的东西……

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然后也没啥好说的,大概就是继续买买买吧……

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假日酒店提供的免费自行车,除了铃铛不响哪儿哪儿都响……

2016-02-18 DAY 13

恩,仍然是买买买……

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接头随拍,某社……

2016-02-19 DAY 14

终于要返程了

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在机场看到的……自从北海道搞了“白色恋人”之后,日本全国各地都在山寨,连冲绳都有了。这下可好,从北到南齐活儿了……
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战果
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再见!我一定还会再来的!